Pennsylvania Route 696

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PA Route 696 marker

PA Route 696
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 16.017 mi[1] (25.777 km)
Existed: 1930 – present
Major junctions
South end: PA 997 in Greene Township
  I-81 in Greene Township
I-81 in Southampton Township
US 11 / PA 533 in Shippensburg
PA 641 in Newburg
North end: PA 997 in Hopewell Township
Location
Counties: Franklin, Cumberland
Highway system
I-695 PA 701

Pennsylvania Route 696 (PA 696) is a 16.0-mile-long (25.7 km) state highway located in Franklin and Cumberland Counties in Pennsylvania. The southern terminus is at PA 997 in Greene Township. The northern terminus is at PA 997 in Hopewell Township. PA 696 begins at PA 997 adjacent to an interchange with Interstate 81 (I-81) and heads northeast through farmland parallel to the interstate. The route turns north and has an interchange with I-81 before it continues into Shippensburg, where it has a brief concurrency with U.S. Route 11 (US 11) and PA 533 in the downtown area. Past Shippensburg, PA 696 runs north through more farmland and heads to Newburg, where it has a short concurrency with PA 641. The route heads northwest from here to its terminus at PA 997.

In 1928, the road between Shippensburg and Newburg was designated as part of PA 333. PA 696 was designated in 1930 to run from US 11 in Chambersburg northeast to PA 996 (Main Street) in Scotland, running along Scotland Road. In 1937, PA 696 was extended north from Scotland to PA 641 in Newburg, replacing the section of PA 333 between Shippensburg and Newburg. The south end of the route was cut back to its current location at PA 997 in the 1960s, with the road between Chambersburg and Scotland becoming unnumbered. In the 1970s, PA 696 was extended north from Newburg to PA 997.

Route description[edit]

PA 696 begins at an intersection with PA 997 a short distance to the east of I-81 in Greene Township, Franklin County, heading north on two-lane undivided Olde Scotland Road. A short distance later, the route comes to a pair of ramps providing access to and from the northbound lanes of I-81. The road continues immediately to the east of I-81 as it heads into agricultural areas, turning northeast away from the interstate. PA 696 runs through more open farmland with a few homes, crossing into Southampton Township. In this area, the road turns north again and comes to a full interchange with I-81. Past this interchange, the route turns northeast again and runs through more rural areas with some residential and commercial development, running a short distance to the east of Norfolk Southern's Lurgan Branch railroad line.[2][3]

PA 696 crosses into Shippensburg Township in Cumberland County and curves east, making a turn north onto South Fayette Street. The route briefly becomes the border between Shippensburg Township to the west and Shippensburg to the east before fully entering Shippensburg Township again, passing under the Lurgan Branch and crossing Middle Spring Creek prior to heading back into Southampton Township, Franklin County. The road runs through commercial areas, heading into Shippensburg before crossing back into Cumberland County and passing under Norfolk Southern's Lurgan Running Track railroad line. PA 696 passes a few homes before entering the commercial downtown of Shippensburg, turning east to form a concurrency with US 11/PA 533 on West King Street. PA 696 splits from US 11/PA 533 by turning north onto North Earl Street and heading past homes. The route heads back into Shippensburg Township and passes between residential areas to the west and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania to the east, briefly gaining a center left-turn lane near the York Drive intersection before becoming a two-lane road again. The road turns northwest and heads into Southampton Township, becoming Newburg Road as it enters agricultural areas with some woods and housing developments, curving north again. PA 696 enters more rural areas as it heads farther north, crossing into Hopewell Township. In this area, the route becomes Shippensburg Road as it passes through more farmland with some woods and homes. The road crosses the Conodoguinet Creek and curves northwest, heading into Newburg and becoming South Water Street, passing homes. PA 696 curves north and turns west to follow PA 641 for a block on West Main Street. The route splits from PA 641 by turning northwest onto North Mountain Street. The road heads back into Hopewell Township and becomes Turnpike Road, passing through agricultural areas with a few homes. PA 696 continues northwest to its northern terminus at another intersection with PA 997.[2][4]

History[edit]

When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, what is now PA 696 was not assigned a number. By this time, a paved road ran between Chambersburg and Scotland.[5] In 1928, the road between US 11 in Shippensburg and Newburg was designated as part of PA 333, which was paved.[6] On February 25, 1929, a bill passed that authorized the state to take over the road between Newburg and McCrea.[7] PA 696 was designated in 1930 to run from US 11 in Chambersburg northeast to PA 996 (Main Street) in Scotland, following Broad Street, Scotland Avenue, and Scotland Road.[8] In 1937, PA 696 was extended north from Scotland to PA 641 in Newburg, replacing the former section of PA 333 between Shippensburg and Newburg.[9][10] The entire length of PA 696 was a paved road in the 1930s along with the unnumbered road from Newburg north to PA 944 (now PA 997).[10] In the 1960s, the south end of PA 696 was moved to its current location at PA 997 near the I-81 interchange, with the road between Chambersburg and Scotland becoming unnumbered.[11] PA 696 was extended north from Newburg to its present northern terminus at PA 997 in the 1970s.[12]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Franklin Greene Township 0.000 0.000 PA 997 (Black Gap Road) to I-81 south – Fayetteville, Scotland
0.135–
0.140
0.217–
0.225
I-81 north – Carlisle Exit 20 (I-81), I-81 northbound entrance / exit only
Southampton Township 4.423 7.118 I-81 – Carlisle, Chambersburg Exit 24 (I-81)
Cumberland Shippensburg 7.083 11.399 US 11 south / PA 533 west (West King Street) South end of US 11/PA 533 overlap
7.309 11.763 US 11 north / PA 533 east (East King Street) North end of US 11/PA 533 overlap
Newburg 13.885 22.346 PA 641 east (West Main Street) – Newville, Carlisle South end of PA 641 overlap
13.930 22.418 PA 641 west (West Main Street) – Roxbury North end of PA 641 overlap
Hopewell Township 16.017 25.777 PA 997 (Enola Road) – Roxbury
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2015). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2015 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Google (June 9, 2011). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 696" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Franklin County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Map of Pennsylvania Showing State Highways (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1911. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Map of Pennsylvania (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1928. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Good Roads Group Backs Road Bills". Harrisburg Telegraph. February 26, 1929. p. 17. Retrieved January 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ Tourist Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1930. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Change In Highway Route Numbers". The Gazette and Daily. York, PA. May 3, 1937. p. 12. Retrieved November 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ a b Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1940. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ Official Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1970. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 1980. Retrieved January 29, 2015.